Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Way of Kings RAL Week 8

Welcome to week 8 of our Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings read-along!  I think ever single section we read gets more and more epic, honestly I can't get over being so continually blown away by a set of characters and their respective storylines.


*Week 8 - Chapters 51-57*
Caution: Major Spoilers Ahead! 
1. What do you think of Dalinar's latest vision concerning the Radiants? Can you make sense of them? Do you think Jasnah will prove or disprove Dalinar's visions? And what did you think of Dalinar and Navani's almost moment? ;) 
 
I think the latest vision was to show Dalinar how quickly things dissolved into chaos when the Radiants left their Shardblades to be taken up by the masses.  As much as it was probably wrong for the Radiants to walk away from their blades, I doubt that they were ever meant to fall in the hands of regular people.  It could explain why Dalinar has such distaste when he uses the Shard in battle...but I could be way off!  I honestly think Jasnah will be able to shed some light on Dalinar's visions - at the very least, she could confirm the locations existence but maybe even more than that.  As for Dalinar and Navani's 'moment', I still wonder about her intentions.  Does she truly have feelings for Dalinar, or is does she have her own agenda...?

2. Dalinar proposes a military alliance with Sadeas. Given what we've read of their relationship and of Sadeas' character, did Dalinar make the right move? How long do you think this alliance will last? Has Dalinar finally gotten Sadeas on his side by using Sadeas' interests (gemhearts, the Shardblade, etc.) as incentive or does Dalinar have something else up his sleeve?
 
I think Dalinar's decision was the right one at the right time.  Their joint plans seem to be putting Dalinar even closer to meeting up with Kaladin and the Bridge Four crew so I'm excited :D  And despite all his flaws, I think Sadeas might be a valuable ally when the time is right.  We'll see though but I guess I'm still holding out hope that Dalinar's visions and advice about Sadeas hold true! I worry about Dalinar bargaining with Sadeas for a Shardblade though, he's already promised one to his son, not to mention his previous attempt to bargain with one...feels like all this might blow up in his face in a big way.
 

3. This is the first time we've read in detail what it's like to be a Shardbearer fighting with Shardblades in battle through Dalinar. What did you think of it?
 
Honestly, as thrilling and addictive as it was to read, it's also pretty horrific.  I mean the damage that one single Shardbearer can bring forth is astounding.  And when you consider that those weapons were supposed to be used to protect and defend the helpless...it just seems all kinds of wrong to be using them for border disputes and gemhearts.  Don't get me wrong though: if Kaladin can get his hands on one of those I'd be DYING to see him make use of it to fight all kinds of terrible beasts (like Voidbringers!)  Sanderson's fighting scenes are always incredibly epic and this one was no exception!

4. We get a big reveal about what's happening with Kaladin this week regarding the Stormlight as well as a revelation regarding Syl's nature. What did you think of it? Given what we know now, what else do you think he is capable of?
 
I could not be more psyched that Kaladin finally clued in about his special abilities.  I was surprised at Syl's involvement though; guess I didn't see that one coming but it was awesome nonetheless!  More than anything now, I want to see Kaladin learn ALL about his powers and I want Syl to remember EVERYTHING she was before.  I swear right now just typing this I'm so excited ERKHARGH!!  *ahem*  but yeah, I think the new perspective it brought to Kaladin could truly benefit him and bring him closer to his true purpose ♥

5. Kaladin initially blames his curse as the reason why people around him keep dying. Is there some truth to his claims, that this binding ability has some correlation with the casualty count around him, or is Kaladin simply grieving over recent losses? If the former, do you think this might have any connection to what the Radiants are and whatever happened to them?
 
I feel like now that Kaladin shifted his ideals and decided to focus on saving other for them and not out of fear of what it does to him if they die, his ''curse'' might not be so much of an issue. Of course, his connection to the Lost Radiants could very well be tied to his losses all of this time.  There has to be repercussions for how the Radiants deserted but it seems unfair that Kaladin would have to pay for it...
 
6. Wit/Hoid is turning out to be more than just the life of the party and a thorn on the sides of the other highprinces. As we've seen, he's not very playful with Dalinar and is quite sober, even ominous, with Kaladin. What did you think of his conversations with Dalinar and with Kaladin? What do you think he's up to? How does he factor in with everything else that's going on at the moment (or what's to come)?

Wit/Hoid was totally ominous with both Kaladin and Dalinar wasn't he?!  I thin Wit has great respect for both of them and that's why he chose to share wisdom with them. It makes me trust both Kaladin and Dalinar even more hehe!  I adored both of Wit's scenes with both Dalinar and  Kaladin.  There are probably some hidden clues and purpose to what he said and with Kaladin we saw how it ga because of all the hints of things to come...and because they prove Wit's greater role in everything.  That story he told Kaladin was something else though right?? Wow, I was just as mesmerized as Kaladin by Sanderson's EPIC writing in that scene!  And the whole thing certainly gave Kaladin a whole new outlook on things.  Wit clearly chooses who to spread his wisdom to carefully and when the events that are looming on the horizon finally bring everyone together I hope Wit is there.  His wisdom and humor might be direly needed to help ally our two heroes.

Extra Bits
 
* Kaladin's final moments leading up to him becoming a slave were brutal.  I had an inkling that Amaram would be pissed aladin hadn't given him the sword but that was brutal.  I can certainly understand Kaladin not trusting lighteyes better now.

* The interlude about Geranid and Ashir measuring the Spren and locking their physical forms had me mystified O_o  I have no clue as to what it could mean but it was impressive all the same haha!

* And then the interlude with Szeth.  Wow that was twisted and horribly tragic.  Being Truthless sounds horrible if it means not being able to have to will to stop the madness - like being used as a deadly weapon in such a cruel and merciless way.  I think Szeth might be the one we need to watch.  The one that 'will destroy us'.  He's losing himself inside the deeds he's forced to commit and if no one steps in to stop him, he could burn the world down.

3 comments:

  1. The Shardblades just cut through men like a hot knife in butter - it's no wonder that Dalinar occasionally feels sickened during battle.
    I think the spren are not what people think - there was that whole paragraph about do rotspren appear because there's rot or do they cause it? - interesting. I would say that the spren appear as a result of something already occurring? For example, the storms happen and then stormspren appear. Syl is very interesting. I remember reading something at the start of the book that made me think she was something different - I need to go back and find that little snippet!
    Wit is such a great character. I really like him. He just seems to have a vision of what's going on and seems to be trying to help achieve it! For the good I hope. He also has a way of saying very profound things. I could read more of Wit/Hoid.
    Lynn :D

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  2. Interesting theory that maybe the fact that humans shouldn't use the shardplates and that might be part of the problem. I'll have to think about that more. I loved Hoid too. Hope we get more of him. As for Szeth, I definitely think he's important and linked to Kaladin in some way. It would be interesting if they had to face one another as two opposing forces, wouldn't it? *Rubs hands together* :D
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  3. I think that Dalinar's Shard bargaining with Sadeas might work out. He did straight up say that the next Shardplate was reserved for Renarin, at least. Renarin might be upset that his dad isn't giving him a blade, too, but maybe having the plate would be enough of a prize. After all, Sadeas himself doesn't have a Shardblade.

    I agree with you on the battle being pretty horrific. With the Shardbearers, they're able to just run through massacring people. I definitely think the Shards would be better used to protect humanity than the way they're using them now.

    As for Kaladin, I'm not sure he'd ever agree to take up a Shardblade, from his attitude right now :(. I agree he could use it to do great things, but I can also see where he's coming from with his disgust of them.

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